Ranked #5 of 22 Cultural in Nashville
Category: Historic Sites
Belle Meade Plantation is a non-profit historic home-site located in Nashville, TN. Established in 1807, this home-site tells...
Belle Meade Plantation is a non-profit historic home-site located in Nashville, TN. Established in 1807, this home-site tells the history of the Harding and Jackson families and the impact that they had on the city of Nashville and, more importantly, their indelible contribution to the development of thoroughbred racing horses in the United States. Belle Meade was revered as the greatest thoroughbred stud farm in the United States in the 1880s and 1890s and was home to Iroquois (the first US-bred horse to win the Epsom Derby) and Bonnie Scotland (whose bloodline includes Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Native Dancer, Big Brown and I'll Have Another, to name a few). Beyond thoroughbred horses, this history also encompasses the Antebellum South, slavery, the Civil War, emancipation and reconstruction, and was the home of Civil War Generals William Giles Harding and William Hicks Jackson, as well as national statesmen including US Supreme Court Justice Howell E. Jackson, US Secretary of War Jacob Dickinson and US Senator Luke Lea.